Energy Efficient Cooking
March 2, 2022
While we should consider the waste we create while cooking, we must look at the energy we consume as well. Energy efficiency is key when it comes to our appliances, for the sake of our bill, health, and environment. Gas stoves release methane, a harmful Greenhouse gas, affecting the air quality within your house. The EPA recommends using an exhaust fan when cooking with a gas stove or switching to an electric stove that has the Energy Star seal of approval.
However, we also must think of our own actions when cooking. There are many steps we can take before and during cooking that will reduce the amount of energy we use and the emissions we release. This includes preparing your food before cooking, so it’s ready when the heat is on. Also be sure to use proper cooking tools for the amount of food you’re cooking. Smaller appliances, like toasters and electric kettles, may be more applicable. Your cookware is just as important. Copper bottomed pans heat up faster and glass/ceramic pans allow you to decrease your oven’s temperature by 25°F. Put a lid on your pot. It lets you set a lower temperature, decreasing energy use by up to 66%. Don’t peek at those cookies – opening the oven door can drop the temperature 25°F every time.
Sustainability in cooking is not as difficult as we think. Making simple changes can make a dramatic difference in your energy bill, as well as the health of yourself and the environment.
By Anna Duffy